Odesa, Ukraine: CLDP Facilitates Meeting of Central Asia Expert Level Working Group on SPS Measures

November 6, 2018 - November 8, 2018
Participants of the Seventh Meeting of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Regional Expert Level Working Group on SPS Issues

On November 6-8, 2018, in Odesa, Ukraine, CLDP facilitated the seventh meeting of the Expert Level Working Group on Sanitary/Phyto-sanitary (SPS) Measures (the Group) for officials from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, special guest Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Each participating country presented on innovations and amendments in animal, plant, and/or food safety law and practices in their country, which led to active discussions between all participants. The Group also heard and discussed presentations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, regarding electronic and export certification and the U.S. Phytosanitary Export Database. Advisors from Georgia shared about recent reforms there, including Georgia’s National Animal Health Plan and ways in which Georgia involves the private sector in setting SPS policy. Lastly, the Group heard from CLDP Ukraine personnel and Ukrainian advisors regarding Ukraine’s participation in WTO SPS Committee meetings. The Group noted the various ways each presentation underscored the myriad benefits derived from timely notification of SPS laws and regulations, including for attracting foreign trade. Accordingly, the Group’s further work will focus on notifications to the WTO and IPPC, publishing pertinent import and export requirements, as well continuing its ongoing work with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization to develop a regional veterinary laboratory network. 

Experts and CLDP: Seventh Meeting of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Regional Expert Level Working Group on SPS Issues
Working Group in Action

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Most of Iraq’s hydrocarbons are located in the province of Basrah. In spite of these mineral resources, unemployment is high in the province. To increase the likelihood that university graduates will be hired, since the summer of 2019, CLDP, in close cooperation with the University of Houston/Petroleum Technology Initiative (PTI), has been conducting a program to equip students from four Basrah universities with the skills sought by International Oil Companies (IOC) that operate in the province. A key skill required from new hires by the IOCs is competence in project management. To this end, PTI, under a contract with CLDP developed and taught in Houston in August 2019, a two-week course on “Project Management in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production”. This course was taught to delegations from four Basrah universities: Basrah University, Southern Technical University, Basrah University for Oil and Gas, Basrah Oil Training institute. Each university was supposed to send one professor and three students to Houston. Unfortunately, for reasons beyond their control, three of the professors were unable to attend the two-week course in Houston, a course that was very well-received by the lone professor and by all the students. Therefore, at CLDP’s request, PTI will now develop an online version of this course, to be used by the universities of the professors who could not go to Houston in August 2019. This development will take place in July and August 2020. 

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